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Jan 5, 2012 9:10 AM by Cecilia Stevenson

Iberia school board asks state to pick up bills

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish School Board has
unanimously approved a resolution asking the Legislature to resume paying bills that it had left for the board to pay.
The bills, also called unfunded mandates, are costs that the state imposes on local governments, which they are required to pay.
Superintendent Dale Henderson said Wednesday he didn't have an exact number on the cost to the school system, but it is in the millions of dollars.
The state has stopped paying stipends to teachers with national accreditations, stopped paying operation costs for private school buses and stopped paying for summer Louisiana Educational Assessment Program remediation courses and testing.
Henderson said he hopes all school systems across the state adopt the resolution and encourage the state begin paying the bills.

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